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Excellence honored at Seventh Annual San Joaquin County Classified Employee and Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration Dinner

Harrison Elementary School teacher Peter Gallegos was named the 2017-18 San Joaquin County Teacher of the Year at a celebration at the San Joaquin County Office of Education to honor teachers and other school employees from across the county.

Gallegos, a science and math teacher from the Stockton Unified School District, was one of 12 employees feted at the Seventh Annual San Joaquin County Classified Employee and Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration Dinner on June 8.  Gallegos also received $1,000 from Premier Community Credit Union, a longtime supporter of educators in San Joaquin County and co-sponsor of the annual awards banquet for teachers and classified school employees.

As the San Joaquin County Teacher of the Year, his application will be submitted to the state for consideration as the California Teacher of the Year.

Five other outstanding teachers were recognized as finalists. Each received $400 from Premier Community Credit Union. They are: 

  1. Heather Dyk, Linden High School, Linden Unified School District
  2. Andrea Jennings, Jefferson School, Jefferson Elementary School District
  3. Amy Lundeberg, Ronald E. McNair High School, Lodi Unified School District
  4. Megan Manrique, one.Frontier Main, San Joaquin County Office of Education
  5. Graciela Matty, Primary Years Academy, Stockton Unified School District

Also recognized were the six San Joaquin County Classified Employees of the Year in six different categories.  Each received $400. They are:

  1. Child Nutrition: Sabu Abraham, Jefferson School, Jefferson Elementary School District
  2. Maintenance, Operations, & Facilities: Jim Jacobs, Neil Hafley Elementary School, Manteca Unified School District
  3. Office & Technical: Amy Kennedy, Educational Services, San Joaquin County Office of Education
  4. Para-educator and Instructional Assistance: Irene English, Banta Elementary School, Banta Elementary School District
  5. Support Services and Security: Ariana Rodriguez-Ruvira, Clyde W. Needham Elementary School, Lodi Unified School District
  6. Transportation: John Lial, Transportation Department, Escalon Unified School District

Video profiles of all can be found on the SJCOE's YouTube Channel. Photos from the celebration dinner are posted on the SJCOE Facebook page.

Posted: 6/15/2017